Canon EOS-1DX and EOS-5D Mark III image review glitch explained

Here’s another glitch/bug with the Canon EOS-1DX (and shared by the 5D Mark III):

Immediately after creating an image and during the time in which it automatically appears on the camera’s display, if you zoom in to check the focus, then try to scroll to a neighbouring image, the camera will remain locked on the image just captured.

I’ve posted my findings in the TechTalk section: Canon EOS-1DX and EOS-5D Mark III image review glitch explained

Canon EOS-1DX lock up Err 80 code

There has been some online discussion about the Canon EOS-1DX locking up randomly and reporting Err 80 error code. I recently received mine and have been able to reproduce the problem repeatedly and consistently.

I’ve posted my findings in the TechTalk section: Canon EOS-1DX lock up Err 80 code

Spain wins EURO 2012 – fans in Hamilton celebrate

Chants of España, España, España echoed along James Street North in downtown Hamilton on a beautiful, sunny and comfortable Canada Day afternoon, following Spain’s stunning, though not unexpected, 4-0 win over Italy in the UEFA EURO 2012 soccer championship in Kyiv, Ukraine, seven time zones away.

Early in the tournament, James Street became the place to be for soccer fans in Hamilton, following wins by countries such as Portugal, Italy and Spain, all represented by communities in the city. Especially Italy. Following each Italy win, and more so later into the tournament, large crowds of supporters gathered, to the point where the Italy win over Germany shut down James with hundreds celebrating, some decked out in wigs, face paint, and even a gladiator costume.

The anticipation was high on Sunday for an even larger celebration should Italy win. The police made plans to shut off vehicular traffic and I hoped logical favourite Spain would find its match and Italy would prevail. After all, it would make for some great images.

Sitting in my car nearby, listening to the game on the radio with 15 minutes to go, it was clear Spain would win. Downtown seemed eerily quiet, perhaps not unusual for a Sunday. With the game over, I walked a couple blocks to James Street, passing a few subdued Italy fans, dressed in azure jerseys walking the other way. Still very quiet, I reached James to find perhaps 30-40 Italy fans quietly milling around on the sidewalk and in the middle of the street. The police shut down traffic as soon as the game ended, but there were hardly any Spain supporters in sight. A woman draped in a Spanish flag danced in the middle of the street near the Italy fans. It was underwhelming. A quick walk a couple blocks south and back was disheartening. I contemplated a quick exit for home to get equipment ready for the night’s fireworks at Bayfront Park.

Slowly more and more Spain supporters arrived, perhaps initially stymied by the road closure that prevented the usual parade of flag-draped cars slowly driving by, honking their horns. CHCH TV was there, with a few Italy fans jostling to get in front of and block the Spain fans. All in good fun.

That seemed to get the Spain fans worked up a bit. Soon a critical mass of young fans gathered in the middle of the street chanting to a drumbeat and a real street party got underway. Well, at least for 30 minutes before police on a mounted patrol pushed everyone back to the sidewalks, restoring the street to traffic.

But of course that wasn’t the end of it. Now those in cars were able to join the party and parade through, extending the the revelry another 30 minutes, until the crowds on the sidewalks slowly dissipated.

It was fun, definitely worth sticking around for the experience. I still wish Italy had won, as the party would likely have been many times longer and more intense. So, there’s hope for next time, the World Cup in 2014.

Some more images:

For even more images in a gallery, click on the image below:

Equipment notes:

Cameras:

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV (now replaced by the 1DX) and Leica M9

Lenses:

Canon EF70-200 f/4L IS
Leica Summilux-M 21mm f1.4 ASPH.
Leica Summicron-M 28mm f2 ASPH.
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f1.4 ASPH.

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV – brief review/impressions

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. San Antonio Rampage

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV has been out now for a couple months and received mine at the end of January. During that time there have been a number of online reviews that generally praise the camera, with the exception perhaps being Rob Galbraith’s opinion that the camera still falls short of where it should be.

I’ve added updates inline with my original review, and will continue to do so as I gain more experience with the camera. Here’s what I’ve found so far compared to the Mark III, which I’ve used since mid 2007: Review

And a few photos:

Hamilton Bulldogs vs. San Antonio Rampage AHL hockey. Shot from above with the 400 2.8 IS. I also tried the 400 at ice level and got some decent isolated action shots of various players, but the plexiglass definitely degraded image quality with such a long lens. The ice level images here are with the 135L and the 70-200 f/4L IS. Yeah, I wanted to see how viable it would be to use the f/4 lens, which I like a lot. I think it worked quite well. Had to bump ISO to 4000, but it held up well.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. San Antonio Rampage

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. San Antonio Rampage

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. San Antonio Rampage

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. San Antonio Rampage